2018 Raymond E. Plotkin Maccabi Tennis Scholarship Awarded to Benjamin Rozen
Thursday, August 2, 2018

The Evelyn Rubenstein JCC of Houston and the Plotkin family annually awards a Team Houston tennis player the Raymond E. Plotkin Scholarship to play in the JCC Maccabi Games®. Fifteen year old Benjamin Rozen, son of Ariel and Ira Rozen, who goes to Bellaire High School, was named as this year’s recipient of the scholarship at the Team Houston send-off on Tuesday evening, July 31, 2018.

Elaine and Ronald Plotkin established the award in 2009 to honor the life and memory of their son, Raymond. Raymond passed away when he was 18 years old during his freshmen year at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque from complications from the H1N1 (swine) flu.  Raymond loved participating on the JCC Maccabi Tennis Team and representing Houston. He considered tennis a great lifelong sport. He enjoyed the friends that he made playing tennis at the J and meeting fellow athletes at the JCC Maccabi Games. 

Every year, the Plotkin family awards a scholarship to one Team Houston tennis player based on an essay application. The Plotkin family chose Ben as this year’s recipient for his love of tennis and his commitment to the sport. Benjamin Rozen’s name has been added to a permanent plaque that hangs in the J’s Tennis Center with Raymond's picture. Recently, Ben won a Silver Medal at the JCC Maccabi Games in Orange County, CA, in addition to winning the Sportsmanship Award at the Team Houston Awards Ceremony on Sunday, August 19. The Sportsmanship Award is for outstanding leadership and promoting mutual respect and a positive experience for all JCC Maccabi participants, on and off the court.

The J sent a delegation of 68 teens to represent Team Houston at the JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest. The JCC Maccabi Games took place in Orange County, CA August 5–10.

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